In the Late Model Stock Car ranks, it is tough to think of a driver that has accomplished more than Lee Pulliam. Driving the No. 5 Kiker Motorsports machine, the Virginia native has a pair of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Championships to go along with his countless wins and championships all across the Southeast region.
This past weekend Pulliam added to his legacy by doing a few things he’d never done before and it’s prepped him for bigger things down the road.
First off, Pulliam made his way north to the Volunteer State to race at Kingsport Speedway, a track he had never previously won at. Key word: Previously.
Pulliam picked up the win over the Kingsport regulars to add another accomplishment to his already impressive resume.
“It meant a lot to get a win up there like we did,” explained Pulliam. “Kres Van Dyke has been hooked up there for a long time. I saved my stuff and I ran him down to get our first win there at Kingsport. We have been close there before, but we finally got it done this week.”
The second leg of the weekend for the No. 5 car was a test to win an extra distance race for the fifth time at South Boston Speedway in the SoBo 200. Pulliam waited until the lap 160 before he turned his fastest lap of the night. Pulliam would power past Matt Bowling to pick up the win for the fifth straight year.
“It’s unreal to think about winning this race for a fifth time,” said Pulliam. “I knew I had to save the tire because we had to go 200 laps on these tonight.”
Both wins came in full fields which could aid him in the NASCAR Whelen All-American National Championship standings. He came into the weekend third in the standings..
Pulliam’s win at South Boston was the second win of the season for him in the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown Series. Only he had ever won two of the three legs in the past, but he’s never won the championship in the series. If he can complete the sweep he’ll pocket $25,000 for the win at Martinsville Speedway in the Valley Star Credit Union 300 and the $10,000 championship purse for the Triple Crown. That could be a $35,000 payday.
“We just need to go to Martinsville and cap off this prefect trifecta,” added Pulliam. “We have been working hard and we know we’ll have to be on our game to finish this deal.”
Highlights from Pulliam’s win on Saturday night at South Boston will be on the 51 Network in the coming days.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Elgin_Traylor
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